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Friday, October 22, 2010

Toddler R Us

It's amazing how the mind of a toddler works. I have not worked as a preschool teacher for over 7 years so I forgot how smart these one year and two years old children could be. They watch the information around them and absorbs it like a sponge. A toddlers mind should not be underestimated. There are many ways to use this exciting revelation to a parents advantage. Stimulating your toddlers mind is the best way to avoid negative behaviors. These simple 5 techniques can also help prepare these little people for preschool.

1-Have an actual conversation with your toddler, no baby talk. Use actual words. If they point or wine for an object that they want, associate that object with the proper word. If you give the object to them after they point to it without the association you can be holding them back from talking.
2-Reading is fundamental. Reading for a toddler is the best way to stimulate their mind. Let them interact with you to keep the story interesting. Keep in mind the little ones attention span is short. So keep the book simple.
3- Let's Bake- Let your toddler help you add the ingredients to the batter or even pour the batter in the pan.
4- Music-did you know that playing smooth or classical music while you child is sleeping stimulates healthy brain development. Have no shame in popping in the Mozart or Kenny G , both you and your toddler can enjoy and nap in peace.
5- Library Time-Your toddler is not to young to go to the library. Most local libraries have programs for ages 1yr-3yrs. They encourage parent participation, so go to the library and have fun with your little one.

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